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More diverse menus finding fans around the world

Customers can choose from about 10 kinds of large tempura as toppings at Toridoll's Marugame Seimen udon noodle restaurant in Jakarta.

TOKYO -- Japanese restaurants are spreading fast around the world with more varied menus than in the past, when the selection was mostly limited to familiar dishes such as sushi. The number of Japanese restaurants worldwide has increased 3.7 times from about 24,000 in 2006 to 89,000 in 2015, according to estimates by Japan's Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

     At one Japanese restaurant at central London's Piccadilly Circus district, men and women of different nationalities enjoy Japanese wagyu beef served as sashimi and sushi, along with Japanese sake. The place opened in February last year as the first Japanese restaurant in the U.K. specializing in Kobe beef, a brand of premium quality wagyu. Victoria, a 38-year-old woman who visited the restaurant with her partner, said, "The marble is splendid and it melts in your mouth."

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